Monthly Archives: December 2013

Other trends

Date: 31-12-2013

There are a couple of other trends we think are worthwhile keeping an eye on.  Communal dining can be great fun, increases the number of seats that you can have for a given floorplan.  Farm to table is becoming increasingly popular and people are liking the experience of trying different parts of the animal prepared in unusual ways.  Gluten free… More »

Differentiation

Date: 31-12-2013

Differentiation is the act providing a point of difference and it is becoming the increasingly popular secret weapon in restaurant marketing.  We are seeing a lot of successful restaurants who are moving away from cuisine as differentiation towards much finer types of offerings.  If you look at cuisines, such as Mexican, Thai, Indian, Burger or Fish and Chips, there is… More »

Take Away

Date: 31-12-2013

When people think take away they think Pizza, Indian or Chinese, but a growing number of businesses are starting to offer take away or delivery.  Take away food broadens your target market, delivery even more so.  It offers a completely different experience – in home, no need to worry about a baby sitter or a drink driving.  For restaurants, it… More »

Happy Hours and late night dining

Date: 31-12-2013

In Australia there is not as much focus of Happy Hours as there is in the United States where they are very popular.  Many US restaurants do a great job of getting the most number of turns out of every seat possible.  This is something that many other restaurants do not focus on, but in order to increase profitability, they… More »

Micro Restaurants

Date: 31-12-2013

Big restaurants have big costs.  The rent is high, the wage bill is enormous.  We think there will be an upswing on micro restaurants, focusing like a laser on a product that they can produce to a very high level of quality and at a great price.   Examples are Food Trucks and the Emapanda Kitchen in Queenstown.  Great food at… More »

Top 7 Restaurant Marketing Trends for 2014

Date: 31-12-2013

2013 has been a very tough year for restaurant owners around the world.  Many restaurants we’ve visited in the United States, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan and elsewhere have all struggled with rising costs, increasingly fickle customers, employee turnover and limited or non-existent profitability.  But all is not lost.  Many restaurants are surviving and even thriving. Here… More »

Closed Door Dining at Casa Coupage

Date: 27-12-2013

Closed door dining has really taken of in Buenos Aires.  It revolves around underground restaurants, where you really need to know someone to find them.  Casa Coupage was recommended by our concierge and they managed to squeeze us in.  You receive the address once you make the booking.  Timings where stressed in the booking and we started to worry when… More »

Fine Dining at Sea, the Celebrity Solstice

Date: 27-12-2013

I am a big fan of Celebrity’s kitchens.  I have eaten on Celebrity Solstice and Century and both turn out an incredible number of meals every day at a very high level of quality.  We had one ordinary meal on Solstice, which was the first one after boarding and I think the kitchen might have just been getting up to… More »

Chefs Table at Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco.

Date: 27-12-2013

Wayfare Tavern has a policy of keeping tables spare for walk ins.  A couple of San Fran locals had recommended it and we thought we would chance it.  The waitress at the front said “I’m sorry, we only have 2 seats at the Chef’s Table, would that be OK?”  We thought about it for half a second and accepted.  It… More »

Fine Dining in Arrowtown

Date: 27-12-2013

Peter Gawron has had Saffron in Arrowtown for over 15 years and turns out some incredible food at a remarkable price point.  Arrowtown is a little historic town about 20 minutes out of Queenstown and Saffron is the culinary highlight of the area.  Being a little of the beaten track, you do feel like you have stumble on hidden gold… More »